it seems she hangs upon the cheek of night
like a rich jewel in an Ethiope’s ear;
Yeah I was extremely confused at that part but I thought maybe I had missed something and by the end of the film this would be explained but it wasn’t. The only logical conclusion I had to come to was that Paris was some kind of “metaphor” for transferring to another military academy (to Paris, maybe?). Which makes sense with Juliet’s refusal and despair at being transferred because he would be permanently separated from Romeo for an indeterminate period of time.
Death’s the end of all.
I haven’t seen The Lion King II but many have been comparing it to Romeo & Juliet for years now. After reading the synopsis, I think it’s obvious R&J served as some kind of inspiration behind the film: Kiara/Kovu fall in love but they are from opposite clans (from a past feud that neither kids knew the source of nor are responsible for) therefore their families strictly forbid them to be together (well, Kovu isn’t supposed to fall in love with their enemy’s daughter) and yet the lovers refuse to separate. The basic key elements are all there. Given that, as you stated, the first film was based on Hamlet I think it’s not too far fetched to assume the writers based this sequel on another Shakespearean play. I doubt having a Romeo & Juliet plot is merely a coincidence in this case.
I re-watched the movie yesterday, knowing what to expect and what was going to happen this time made me look at the death scene differently. My (new) interpretation is that Romeo clearly figured out Juliet wasn’t dead but thought “if you’re going down, i’m going with you”, and decided to drink whatever he drank as well. Whichever repercussions Juliet was going to have, he was going to suffer from as well. It makes sense with Seth Munrich’s performance because moments before he is about to drink from the bottle he looks tormented and hesitant, not knowing the amount of risks it would implicate taking whichever drug Juliet took because the effects could be fatal on him. Romeo would follow Juliet into the pits of hell if he had to but he (obviously) doesn’t want to leave this world if Juliet hasn’t left as well.
costumes from Romeo & Juliet (1968), by Academy Award winning costume designer Danilo Donati
Romeo & Juliet (2013); wedding night
As promised, here are my thoughts on Private Romeo: (which I’m putting under a read more because it ended up being longer than I had planned)
for both are infinite.
A glooming peace this morning with it brings;
The sun, for sorrow, will not show his head:
Go hence, to have more talk of these sad things;
Some shall be pardon’d, and some punished:
For never was a story of more woe
Than this of Juliet and her Romeo.